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In Progress and Other Making

Hello to you!  It’s been kind of a slow week or two around here, but I wanted to pop in and say hello.  I am still working on the hat set knitting pattern for Amelia Thimble and Pukipuki.  I think one more proofread, then it’ll be ready to turn into a multi-page pdf, and then it’ll be ready for Ravelry and for you.

I sample knit the three hats from the pattern.  It’s been sooo long since I made these little hats that I forgot the needle size I normally use (I could have read the pattern!) and used one size larger.  I found that the samples still fit Amelia Thimble (a tad big), but fit Pukipuki much better–happy accident.

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My Pukipuki Sugar claimed the basic cap with pompom, so I knit her up a little dress.  A little more embroidery and some pearl bead buttons and she’ll have her very own spring dress/hat set.

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My daughter is learning to dye yarn.  I think she took to it much quicker than I did; this is her first try!  It seems I am always overdyeing my “ugly” yarn.  I finally purchased a long rectangular pan so that we can speckle the yarn.  First, she added watercolor looking areas of lemon and pinks, then removed most of the water, so the berry speckles would stick without dissolving.  She dyed four skeins for a sweater.  She is quite ambitious!  I am hoping that there is enough leftover, so I can use this beautiful colorway to knit a pair of socks.

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She is knitting the No Frills Sweater by Petite Knits.  The instructions blew my mind (doesn’t take much), but she calmly figured it out on her own, and with the help of what is out there about this pattern online.

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Her hand dyed yarn is knitting up so prettily!  It reminds me of pink lemonade with  splashes of berry.

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We’re having a sunny and breezy and coolish day today.  I don’t care about the wind or temperature–the sunshine is the best.  Tomorrow it will snow!  *ugh*

I hope you are enjoying the weekend and are getting some sunshine too.  Thank you so very much for stopping by today!  Sending a weekend hug to you!

This Past Week

Another week gone by in a blur…  I was going to say how crazy it is that January is already half over.  I missed my chance—as of tomorrow January is two-thirds over.  Spring is around the corner!

This past week was a calm but busy one.  As the weather warmed up I was able to get outside for a walk.  It’s always uplifting to get some sunshine and breathe in that crisp air.  I believe I sleep better on those days that I am able to get outside.

Even my pup loves sunshine, and of course, soft beds.  I think he is missing his “sissy”.

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I completed my first doll ensemble this week, and it is on its way to a special little girl.

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I have a couple of newer fabrics that have this shade of green in them, so I decided to knit a “Light Cardigan” for the Little Darlings in the longest length with elbow length sleeves.  It is now blocked and waiting patiently for me.

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Yesterday I dyed a skein of merino worsted weight yarn for a cowl I’d like to make.  I made these two color palettes on PicMonkey, but the end result doesn’t really look anything like the palettes I made.  Hmm, an unnecessary step?

I started with 5 basic colors: yellow, warm red, cool red, warm blue, cool blue.  I mixed up a concentrated bit of each, then used those to mix four colors to be used on the yarn.

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This is the first time I “cooked” my yarn in a pot and used citric acid instead of vinegar as a mordant.

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The dye “stuck” to the yarn immediately.  I thought it would get diluted and bleed into the other colors.  That didn’t happen.  I guess because of all the citric acid.  I find many different “suggestions” for the amount to be used.

This is how the yarn looked after I finished applying the dye.  I used the smaller cups and slowly put it on the yarn.

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When I lifted my skein out of the pot I discovered the underside had lots of white.  I actually like it better this way, so yay!  You can see how clear the dye bath is; all of the dye is on the yarn.  When I washed the skein I had no bleeding whatsoever.

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The end result was a surprise.  I was going for a much more muted and pastel version of these colors—not so violet-y looking  Oh well…  I have a LOT to learn about dyeing yarn.  Nevertheless, it was fun and perhaps addicting.  I am anxious to start knitting with this skein.  I hope it doesn’t knit up looking like a mess.

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This yarn is Preciosa from Knit Picks—a 100% merino single ply.  I’ve discovered that merino wool is not scratchy on my skin—even on my neck.  I’ve believed for many, many years that I could not wear any animal fiber whatsoever.  I see many cowls, socks, scarves, and shawls in my future.  And perhaps, when I am really confident, a sweater.

Also, from this week.  Wendy, who makes porcelain dolls and repaints others, has kindly shared photos of her work with me and you, too.  Wendy has resized some of my knitting patterns to fit her specific dolls.  She is one multi-talented lady.  She also does other crafts.  If you’d like to follow her Facebook page it is called Wendy’s Doll Collection.  Here are her photos.  The first and last are from Dianna Effner molds.  The middle doll is a German antique reproductions which she repainted and dressed.

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From start to finish… beautiful!  Don’t you agree?

Well, I think that’s about it for me today.  I hope you all have a great weekend.  Thanks for stopping by, my friends.

It’s Been a Co-o-o-ld Holiday Week

Oh boy, is it ever cold!  I miss going out for my daily walk so much!  I think my soul is suffering from the lack of fresh air and sunshine, but it’s just been way, way too cold.  This morning might be the worst yet—a minus 20 windchill!  And, I know some of you are lots worse off than that. *sigh*

Anyway, we’ve been hibernating and keeping busy inside with puzzles, games, crafty projects, cooking, eating, eating, eating (too much).

On Christmas Eve, I received an order of yarn for some “human makes” and a set of Hiyahiya interchangeable circular knitting needles.  My yarn and needle stash is all geared towards dolly makes (skinny yarn and skinny needles), so I took the plunge and ordered an entire set of larger needles and enough yarn for at least 6 human-sized projects.

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Hiyahiya Sharps are my new favorite needles.  They ARE sharp and make it so much easier to execute K2togs, SSKs, and for knitting lace.  I’ve been using the 8-inch sharp steel DPNs for quite a few months now for my doll knitting and do not want to go back to my other basic tipped needles.  The 8-inch DPNs seem to be the perfect length for all of my dolly items.

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My set of interchangeables was a bit pricey, but if I purchased the needles separately I’d easily spend more than this.  And, I am enjoying knitting with them so much.

My daughter wanted a super bulky and cabled headband to keep her ears warm while walking to her classes.  I found the perfect pattern while perusing Ravelry.  Within one day I completed it!  Seriously, who knew knitting for humans could go so quickly.  I used 2 strands of Knit Picks bulky Swish merino, so soft.  The pattern is from Posh Patterns and is simply called the Cable Knit Headband.

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On Thursday, my daughter wanted to make some delicate beaded necklaces.  I showed her how to work with decorative bead cord which has the flexible needle integrated into one end, bead tips to hide the knots, and my jewelry tools to add jump rings and clasps.  She had so much fun—she made 5 necklaces.  It makes my heart sing to see her make things. ❤

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Here are a few more photos from the Pabst Mansion when we visited last week.  In case you missed those posts and would like to see the other photos you can find them here and here.

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The conservatory is a smallish room that faces south and east.  It was chilly the night we visited, but I cannot help but think about how COLD it is in here today!  On warmer days, though, what a wonderful place to enjoy breakfast.

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The walls and floor and all tiled with very old looking ceramic tiles.  I think the designer decorated it for Christmas very prettily.

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The phone room is so tiny and cozy.  It’s located on the first floor off of the staircase area.  There is a door to close for those private conversations they must have had.

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I haven’t been doing any dolly creating this week, and I really haven’t spent any time at all in my sewing room.  I’ll go in to get something and that’s the extent of it.  We all need a break from “work”, don’t we?

So, that’s some of the recent news from COLD Illinois.  I hope you, too, are staying warm if you are in the frigid zone.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today, and for your support all through 2017, my friends.

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